Dwayne Johnson Gives His Award to Make-A-Wish Survivor
The Jungle Cruise star, who was honored with the tribute at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 7, opted instead to credit two of his own heroes with the title: Muhammad Ali and Make-a-Wish recipient Shushana.
Johnson first accepted the award, presented by his “drinking buddy” Jeff Bezos, but informed audiences that he does not consider himself the O.G. People’s Champion.
“For those who may know or for those who may not know, the original people’s champion was the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali,” the former WWE star explained. “I first met Muhammed when I was a little boy and he was so cool to me. He was so kind and he was so funny. He was always wonderful to me.”
Johnson dubbed himself the “people’s champion” for his a “bad guy” persona in the WWE, but later asked Ali’s wife for permission to use the title.
“She said, ‘He told me to tell you you are the people’s champion, you have earned it, you take that title,'” Johnson reflected. “Years later to be standing here with you guys, you voted me the People’s Champion, the irony is not lost on me because I realize that what it means to be the People’s Champion is so much bigger than me. You treat people good, you treat people kind. You take care of people. You’re inclusive of people, all people, all colors, it doesn’t matter.”
Alberto Rodriguez/E! Entertainment/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
The Comedy Movie Star of 2021 continued,